S.A.F.E. Day report
Today saw our inaugural S.A.F.E day (Support and Advice for Everyone) held in School, throughout the school day.
Based in the Main Hall, we welcomed a variety of agencies in a market stall environment so that students could engage, receive information and get advice on how to keep themselves safe. The format allowed them to ask questions and seek guidance about a number of subjects and issues, including mental, emotional, physical and sexual health, domestic abuse, bullying, LGBTQIA+ and drugs and alcohol abuse.
The students filled out booklets, completed quizzes and sourced key information from each of the representatives whilst visiting their stands.
Commenting on the initiative, Mrs Wilson, Pastoral Manager, said, “We organised this day in order to raise awareness of the plethora of amazing organizations that are out there to support students who might be dealing with a range of issues, and for whatever reason might feel more comfortable looking outside of school for additional help. We hope that this will support students dealing with concerns now, but also in the future, as students can signpost where to go to their friends.”
Mr Palmer, our Safeguarding Governor, added, “We’re so grateful to all the organizations that have turned out here today – there’s a really fantastic atmosphere of learning. I also really like the market stall layout – it’s great training for our students preparing for careers days, to learn how to go up to representatives at stands and strike up conversation. Well done to everyone involved”.
Student Anti-Bullying Ambassadors
Representatives from the student Anti-Bullying Ambassadors initiative also had a stand, taking the opportunity to remind students that sometimes it’s easier to open up to a peer. They have all completed training via the Diana Award and are on hand to help with options and point to possible next steps. Lydia Steele, Year 10 boarder said, “I’ve been doing this since Year 8 and it’s really good to have an opportunity to remind the younger students who we are and what we can be used for. It’s a very useful day.”
We also ran a series of lectures and workshops in the Sixth Form Centre throughout the day, providing students with opportunities to consolidate their learning experiences around safety and keeping themselves safe.
Our thanks to all visiting organizations
Our sincere thanks go to all the organizations who supported us with S.A.F.E. Day 2019, including:
- Avon and Somerset Police
- Hide Out (Domestic Abuse charity)
- South Somerset School Nursing
- Somerset Drug and Alcohol Service
- The Mix UK
- It’s OK 2BU
- Young Minds UK
- Sweda (eating disorders charity)
- Reach Youth
- Escapeline and
- Somerset and Children’s Social Care